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  • Stop using plastics in 'functionless' ways

    Stop using plastics in 'functionless' ways

    Environmentalist Sir David Attenborough has called on people to cut down on plastic waste by stopping "functionless" uses of the material. The TV presenter's Blue Planet series has been credited with driving international action on plastics,...

  • Saving the Maltese character

    Saving the Maltese character

    May in Malta offers bright, sunny, warm, long days without the stifling heat of summer. Ramblers make the most of it knowing full well that long-range walking, as a pleasant and healthy pastime, will soon give way to a refreshing dip. The...

  • Spring of the Victoria Lines: appreciating its trails

    Spring of the Victoria Lines: appreciating its trails

    The ‘Spring of the Victoria Lines’ has started with a bang: On April 14 at Fort Madalena, l/o Swieqi, some 50 people attended a highly informative presentation by Judge Joe Galea Debono on the Lines and their role in Malta’s military history.

  • China environment ministry warns of 'stalemate' in war on smog

    China environment ministry warns of 'stalemate' in war on smog

    China's war on pollution is at risk of reaching a "stalemate", with poor weather conditions undermining the country's efforts to reduce smog, an environment ministry spokesman said on Thursday. Air pollution rose by more than a quarter in parts of...

  • Costa to recycle as many coffee cups as it sells by 2020

    Costa to recycle as many coffee cups as it sells by 2020

    The UK's largest coffee shop chain has pledged to recycle as many disposable cups as it sells by 2020 in an effort to cut the number sent to landfill. Costa Coffee said it will recycle up to 500 million disposable coffee cups a year, including...

  • International seminar on marine intelligence in Malta

    International seminar on marine intelligence in Malta

    A range of marine data applications showcasing the result of marine intelligence will be presented by international speakers at a seminar in Malta on Wednesday. The seminar will kick off the Interreg V-A Italia-Malta Calypso South project, which...

  • Plastic packaging failing to prevent food waste crisis, new study finds

    Plastic packaging failing to prevent food waste crisis, new study finds

    A rise in plastic food packaging is failing to reduce Europe’s growing food waste problem, and in some cases may even be fuelling it, according to pioneering new research. The study shows how annual per-capita use of plastic packaging has grown...

  • ‘Near zero’ carbon buildings

    ‘Near zero’ carbon buildings

    Technologies for reducing carbon emissions from buildings are advancing rapidly. Anne Zammit reports on a multi-nation ZeroCO2 initiative. A proposed action plan to promote zero carbon in the construction or renovation of buildings is under...

  • Identifying causes of stress in Maltese, Sicilian marine habitats

    Identifying causes of stress in Maltese, Sicilian marine habitats

    A new project has been launched aimed at identifying common causes of stress in priority marine habitats in Marine Protected Areas in Malta and Sicily. The 30-month project, entitled Harmony, will also aim to harmonise as much as possible ongoing...

  • Making food safe without using chemicals

    Making food safe without using chemicals

    A project coordinated by the University of Malta called Suit4food is teaching students how to use technologies such as high water pressure, cold atmospheric plasma, ultraviolet light and ultrasound instead of chemical treatments to make food safe,...

  • Mcast annual water conference

    Mcast annual water conference

    ‘The Science and Creativity in Water’ was the title of the 2018 edition of the Annual Water Conference organised by the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology’s Water Research and Training Centre. The conference, held recently at Mcast’s...

  • Celebrating the spring of the Victoria Lines

    Celebrating the spring of the Victoria Lines

    In their programme for spring, the Ramblers’ Association of Malta intends to celebrate the worthy initiative of the Friends of the Victoria Lines Trail. Their mission is to advance the existing yet forsaken trail along the Lines to the rank of a...

  • Nature's 'alarming' decline threatens food, water, energy

    Nature's 'alarming' decline threatens food, water, energy

    Human activities are causing an alarming decline in the variety of plant and animal life on Earth and jeopardising food, clean water and energy supplies, a UN-backed study of biodiversity said on Friday. Pollution, climate change and forest...

  • McDonald's sets greenhouse gas reduction targets

    McDonald's Corp on Tuesday announced an approved, science based target to cut greenhouse gas emissions and battle climate change, saying it is the first restaurant company to do so. Under a plan several years in the making, the fast-food company -...

  • China shake-up gives climate change responsibility to environment ministry

    China shake-up gives climate change responsibility to environment ministry

    China will hand over a slew of new responsibilities for river, marine and soil pollution as well as climate change to a beefed-up environment ministry, it said on Tuesday, part of its biggest shake-up in years. The 10-year-old Ministry of...

  • Manchester river has worst level of microplastic pollution in world

    Manchester river has worst level of microplastic pollution in world

    A river in the north-west of England had the highest recorded levels of microplastic pollution in the world, a study has found. Researchers at the University of Manchester studied rural streams and urban rivers at 40 sites across Greater...

  • Xlendi: a walk-through rubbish dumping site

    Xlendi: a walk-through rubbish dumping site

    Xlendi, one of Gozo’s prime tourist areas, is becoming a walk-through rubbish landfill. Its bring-in site has been burnt, and open garbage bags with waste are spread all over. Bulky waste strewn all over pavements is the rule of the day,...

  • Research on dolphins and whales in Maltese waters published in Nature journal

    Research on dolphins and whales in Maltese waters published in Nature journal

    A research assessment on the status of dolphins and whales in Maltese waters has recently been published in Nature journal’s Scientific Reports. The research was conducted by the University of Malta’s Conservation Biology Research Group (CBRG-UM)...

  • More than a third of creatures die at Sea Life Centre in one year

    More than a third of creatures die at Sea Life Centre in one year

    Conservationists have expressed concern after more than a third of the creatures at a Sea Life centre died in a single year. There were 812 deaths out of 2,293 creatures at Great Yarmouth Sea Life centre in 2015-16, a BBC investigation found. The...

  • Smartphone apps launched to report alien fish and jellyfish

    Smartphone apps launched to report alien fish and jellyfish

    Smartphone apps were recently launched for the Spot the Jellyfish and the Spot the Alien Fish campaigns. The apps take these two citizen science campaigns to a new level by allowing users to report sightings of jellyfish and of alien...